Teaching Concepts on the Naturalization Application Form

March 20, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released an updated guide for teachers of citizenship preparation classes. The guide, Understanding Key Concepts Found in Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, aims to help teachers build a curriculum around not only the naturalization application form but also the naturalization interview. The guide breaks the application form into eight […]

Citizenship Ambassador Program Amplifies Naturalization Efforts

March 16, 2015

“People feel different when they become a citizen. They have more rights and privileges in the community, and we see that they engage differently,” says Raquel Garcia Andersen, the director of partnerships and community outreach at Global Detroit. To promote the benefits of citizenship and assist candidates in navigating the path to becoming citizens, Global […]

Citizenshipworks partners with Voto Latino to promote U.S. naturalization through technology

March 5, 2015

Voto Latino will help promote and test the next generation online platform from Citizenshipworks, which is designed to help lawful permanent residents negotiate the naturalization process to become U.S. citizens. Citizenshipworks 2.0 was developed by New Americans Campaign partners Pro Bono Net and Immigration Advocates Network, leaders in the innovative use of technology to increase […]

Persevering for Citizenship

In the late 1970s, Raquel Vergara came to the United States on a tourist visa with her two sons, Ricardo and Alvaro. She was embarking on a new journey after a divorce from her husband of 22 years. Political turmoil had also erupted in her home country, El Salvador. This new journey was an opportunity […]

The White House Task Force on New Americans

February 20, 2015

Policy Recommendations by the Naturalization Working Group The Naturalization Working Group is made up of national and local organizations, including national New Americans Campaign partners Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) Los Angeles, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), International Rescue Committee, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and the National […]

Administration Again Seeks Funding for Citizenship Grants

February 13, 2015

In its fiscal year 2016 budget released earlier this month, the Obama administration requested $10 million from Congress for the Citizenship and Integration Grant program, administered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is the same amount the administration has requested the past two years. In this program, grants are awarded to organizations […]

From a Life of Fear to a Dream of Citizenship Fulfilled

February 10, 2015

Rigo Aguilar has always had a heart for helping people around him. After immigrating from Honduras in 1996 at age 16, Rigo put his generosity and English skills into practice by helping friends and family members fill out paperwork and applications, translating documents and helping them study and practice for tests. Rigo came to the […]

New York Legislation Helps Protect Immigrants from Fraud

February 6, 2015

On Feb. 2 a new law went into effect in New York state protecting immigrants from fraud. The Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act (IASEA) creates new protections and rights for immigrants seeking legal assistance. It also creates new penalties and restrictions against those who seek to defraud immigrant New Yorkers. Fraud potentially harms immigrants’ future […]

The Love of Family

February 4, 2015

February often evokes sentimental feelings toward our loved ones as Valentine’s Day bring heart-shaped greeting cards and chocolate-covered treats. For some of the millions of legal permanent residents (LPRs) living in the United States, these feelings of love all year long inspire them to pursue U.S. citizenship. While every LPR who naturalizes has a unique […]

Mexican Immigrants Now Have Easier Access to Birth Certificates

January 30, 2015

Earlier this month, it got easier for people born in Mexico but living in the U.S. to get copies of their birth certificates, making it easier for Mexicans hoping to obtain U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation. Starting Jan. 15, the Mexican government began allowing its citizens to receive certified copies of […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has nearly doubled the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by since the first year through over 2,300 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Nearly 145,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $126 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More